Gigi Hadid’s Boyfriend Zayn Malik Gushes Over Her Intelligence, Reveals Why Their Relationship Works

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Gigi Hadid’s boyfriend, Zayn Malik, discussed the model and their relationship during a new interview with Elle UK magazine.

Nearly one year into their romance, Malik opened up about his 21-year-old girlfriend, revealing she is more than just a pretty face.

“She’s super intelligent,” 23-year-old Malik said of the Victoria’s Secret model, according to a report by the Daily Mail on July 28. “I think that’s why it works so well. And we do the same type of job so we get that with each other.”

Earlier this year, after splitting from former fiance Perrie Edwards of Little Mix, Malik appeared to take a dig at the singer during an interview with Billboard.

“I need a challenge,” he admitted of his ideal woman. “Also, I like girls that are a bit chunky in certain areas — the nice areas. I like a fuller woman. I enjoy an intellectual conversation as well, where someone can construct a sentence beyond what hair and makeup they’re wearing, and talk about something political or about the world. I like an opinion.”

Malik dated Edwards for four years before calling off their engagement in 2015. Months later, following his split from Edwards, the singer began dating Gigi Hadid, who was newly single after splitting from former boyfriend Joe Jonas.

Also during his interview with Billboard, Malik, formerly of One Direction, revealed his sisters have been a great influence on his life and taught him to respect others.

“I enjoyed the womanly influence. I have a lot of respect for women because of them,” Gigi Hadid’s boyfriend explained. “They are so strong, powerful and do everything themselves… When I go back to Bradford they treat me exactly the same. It’s why I only ever go back for a few days, otherwise they have me taking out the bins.”

Although Malik has had a great upbringing, he isn’t struggle free, and last month, after experiencing what he described as “the worst anxiety of his career,” he was forced to cancel his appearance at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, which would have been his first solo performance in his home country.

“I just don’t have it in me to feel fully secure in anything I do. I always strive towards something better,” he explained to Elle UK. “It’s why I think sometimes I come across the wrong way, a bit distant. I’m just stressed out trying to control how I’m perceived. I think about things a lot.”

After opting to cancel his performance at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, where his ex-fiancee, Edwards, and her group, Little Mix, were also scheduled to perform, Gigi Hadid’s boyfriend took to Twitter, where he explained his struggles to fans in an emotional Twitter post.

Prior to the post, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik had temporarily called it quits after weeks of on-and-off, but after Malik’s post was shared, Gigi Hadid and Malik rekindled their romance, and a short time later, Gigi Hadid was photographed in London, where Malik was staying.

Gigi Hadid also took to Twitter and shared a message of her own, in which she applauded Malik for opening up about his anxiety issues and being honest with his many fans. Gigi Hadid also told the singer that she loved him and would continue to support him through his struggles with anxiety.

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